Dalawella beach, Galle province, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Alamy

Sri Lanka Tourism sees silver lining from July

May 16 (DailyFT) - Sri Lanka Tourism is seeing a silver lining as European and high-end Indian travellers have begun to inquire on forward bookings, while the Government is sorting out the COVID-19 protocol to welcome guests from July onwards. “The COVID-19 pandemic has a devastating impact for Sri Lanka from both an economic and social point of view. However,...

An employee of Japan Airlines (JAL), wearing protective mask following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), scans the temperature to a passenger at the almost empty Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Contact tracing, temperature checks and masks: airline industry outlines new norms

May 13 (Reuters) - The plan laid out by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International to reassure governments it is safe for the public to fly includes contact tracing, temperature screening, social distancing, extra cleaning and wearing masks. “Successfully restarting air passenger travel while restoring confidence in the safety of air travel are vital pre-requisites to...

People at the arrival hall of the international airport in Bali on March 28, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Indonesia to temporarily ban all foreign arrivals, transits to curb further spread of coronavirus

Jakarta, March 31 (The Straits Time) - Indonesia will temporarily ban all visits and transits by foreign nationals to the country to curb the further spread of the coronavirus. "President (Joko) sees that our current policy needs to be made stricter. We have decided that all visits and transits by foreign nationals to Indonesia will temporarily be banned," Foreign Minister...

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Sri Lanka halts all passenger arrivals at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA)

March 17 (newsin.asia) - Sri Lanka has halted passenger arrivals from all countries at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake starting from today (17 March). Minister Wimal Weerawansa tweeted “President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has officially decided to stop all arrival passenger flights into Sri Lanka”. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has given the respective instructions when the Task Force to Combat COVID-19 met...

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